• Re: Testing echogate from VKRadio side

    From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Phoobar on Fri Jun 26 11:36:00 2020
    On 06-18-20 23:47, Phoobar wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Tech fascinates me because it's something you can without dealing with

    For me, tech became a conduit for connecting to other people - radio, BBSs, Internet, there's a theme. :)

    other people. Being left to my own devices from the age of 10...have
    been told that not having relatives/anyone I could depend on like many others...sports (except live like American baseball/football) is a
    waste of time. Watching it live...totally different feeling.

    While on paper, and back when I was 5 or 6, being involved in sport may have looked like a waste of time, the reality turned out to be different, ended up being one of the best things I've ever done. And now I've found myself exploring ground not visited by science, from what I can tell.

    It's something which is in the genetic line...so am glad the line ends with me.

    My genetic line is a real mixed bag, some really great stuff, some really weaid stuff, but I'll be the end of this line too.

    Iron is weights in the gym
    Speed is m/S, km/h or mph, and is best obtained at the track. :D Had a

    Love mine in a leather seat...4 wheels & aluminum/iron horses.

    Nice, but not the same as getting up to speed under your own power. That is a real buzz. :)


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  • From Phoobar@432:1/145 to Vk3jed on Mon Jul 20 13:34:28 2020
    Tech fascinates me because it's something you can without dealing wit
    For me, tech became a conduit for connecting to other people - radio, BBSs, Internet, there's a theme. :)

    Remember when I was a teenager & using a pair of rabbit ears to see the most remote TV station I could get. Add to that not understanding how AM radio worked (until I got my ticket)...many of my evenings would be flipping the
    dial to see what I could hear. Here in the US...we have broadcast stations which go back to the start of commercial broadcasting in the 1920's as being "clear channel" stations. As then when the system was put into place & 50
    years ago...allowed me to hear more of the world than possible in BFE
    Oklahoma. Unfortunately...didn't know any ham's or I would've got my ticket
    way before 2007.

    others...sports (except live like American baseball/football) is a waste of time. Watching it live...totally different feeling.
    While on paper, and back when I was 5 or 6, being involved in sport may have looked like a waste of time, the reality turned out to be
    different, ended up being one of the best things I've ever done. And

    In my case...has to do with not having any interests outside of tech because
    of the limited/no opportunities available to me while growing up. Was never
    one who seemed to be coordinated enough to do team sports available from the schools I was at. Wasn't until I went to college to see what was available if you wanted to do it.

    My genetic line is a real mixed bag, some really great stuff, some
    really weaid stuff, but I'll be the end of this line too.

    What I'm seeing here in the Colonies...this is actually a good thing. As I've said the last several years...just waiting for the apes/asteroids. Add to
    that some of the stories coming out on the real idiots here to wear something simple like a mask or be concerned about others around you. At least one good thing is not having to worry about those being left behind.

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Phoobar on Fri Jul 24 19:46:00 2020
    On 07-20-20 13:34, Phoobar wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Remember when I was a teenager & using a pair of rabbit ears to see the most remote TV station I could get. Add to that not understanding how
    AM radio worked (until I got my ticket)...many of my evenings would be flipping the dial to see what I could hear. Here in the US...we have broadcast stations which go back to the start of commercial
    broadcasting in the 1920's as being "clear channel" stations. As then

    Yeah, I was a bit out of town. During the day, I could receive mostly Melbourne stations, but at night, interstate stations would come in quite
    trong

    when the system was put into place & 50 years ago...allowed me to hear more of the world than possible in BFE Oklahoma. Unfortunately...didn't know any ham's or I would've got my ticket way before 2007.

    I got my ticket in 1989. :)

    In my case...has to do with not having any interests outside of tech because of the limited/no opportunities available to me while growing
    up. Was never one who seemed to be coordinated enough to do team sports available from the schools I was at. Wasn't until I went to college to
    see what was available if you wanted to do it.

    My coordination is a bit iffy, but I've managed to work around some issues. Still not great at most ball sports, so it's a matter of "shopping around". :)

    My genetic line is a real mixed bag, some really great stuff, some
    really weaid stuff, but I'll be the end of this line too.

    What I'm seeing here in the Colonies...this is actually a good thing.
    As I've said the last several years...just waiting for the
    apes/asteroids. Add to that some of the stories coming out on the real idiots here to wear something simple like a mask or be concerned about others around you. At least one good thing is not having to worry about those being left behind.

    Yeah, who knows. We've got some similar issues in Melbourne, and one smartas woman tried to ignore the cops at a checkpoint. They did let her through, but used the cop's vest cam as evidence to get her details and slapped her with a hefty fine after the fact. Score one for the cops. :) Still sporadic parties and other stupid shit going on down there.


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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to Vk3jed on Fri Jul 24 13:27:00 2020
    Tony,

    I got my ticket in 1989. :)

    You got me beat by 2 years. :P But, you can slap and sprint away faster
    than I can, anyway. <G>

    My coordination is a bit iffy, but I've managed to work around some issues. Still not great at most ball sports, so it's a matter of
    "shopping around". :)

    The only real sports I do now are on teh BBS.

    My genetic line is a real mixed bag, some really great stuff, some
    really weaid stuff, but I'll be the end of this line too.

    My brother and I are "the last of our line".

    Yeah, who knows. We've got some similar issues in Melbourne, and one smartas woman tried to ignore the cops at a checkpoint. They did let
    her through, but used the cop's vest cam as evidence to get her details and slapped her with a hefty fine after the fact. Score one for the
    cops. :) Still sporadic parties and other stupid shit going on down there.

    At a Verizon store in California, one female was so angered by being told
    she had to wear a mask, that she became belligerent...so, the staff called
    the cops. She was so angry, that she dropped her pants and panties, squatted, and proceeded to urinate on the floor/carpet. The cops got there, and she
    was arrested...then it was discovered she had several stolen items in her vehicle.

    Daryl

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Daryl Stout on Sat Jul 25 18:28:00 2020
    On 07-24-20 13:27, Daryl Stout wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    @VIA: TBOLT
    Tony,

    I got my ticket in 1989. :)

    You got me beat by 2 years. :P But, you can slap and sprint away
    faster than I can, anyway. <G>

    Yeah, ran a 400m race in 62.35 seconds today.

    My coordination is a bit iffy, but I've managed to work around some issues. Still not great at most ball sports, so it's a matter of
    "shopping around". :)

    The only real sports I do now are on teh BBS.

    Haha OK. :)

    At a Verizon store in California, one female was so angered by being told she had to wear a mask, that she became belligerent...so, the
    staff called the cops. She was so angry, that she dropped her pants and panties, squatted, and proceeded to urinate on the floor/carpet. The
    cops got there, and she was arrested...then it was discovered she had several stolen items in her vehicle.

    Oh, dear, some people. :/


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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to Vk3jed on Sat Jul 25 12:39:00 2020
    Tony,

    At a Verizon store in California, one female was so angered by being told she had to wear a mask, that she became belligerent...so, the
    staff called the cops. She was so angry, that she dropped her pants and panties, squatted, and proceeded to urinate on the floor/carpet. The
    cops got there, and she was arrested...then it was discovered she had several stolen items in her vehicle.

    Oh, dear, some people. :/

    No word if she was blonde. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Daryl Stout on Sun Jul 26 19:01:00 2020
    On 07-25-20 12:39, Daryl Stout wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    No word if she was blonde. :P

    That's so 90's now. :P

    Daryl

    ... A Steak Sandwich: A Porterhouse between 2 Ribeyes.

    Sounds typically American. :)


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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to Vk3jed on Sun Jul 26 18:58:00 2020
    Tony,

    ... A Steak Sandwich: A Porterhouse between 2 Ribeyes.

    Sounds typically American. :)

    The thing is, I'm not much of a steak eater. There used to be
    a restaurant chain around here called "Steak Out". I loved their
    grilled sirloin tips.

    Daryl

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Daryl Stout on Thu Jul 30 11:52:00 2020
    On 07-26-20 18:58, Daryl Stout wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    The thing is, I'm not much of a steak eater. There used to be
    a restaurant chain around here called "Steak Out". I loved their
    grilled sirloin tips.

    I do like a good steak, but after a week of nothing but steak for dinner (and all of it very good), while I was in the US, I was ready for something else. :)


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  • From Phoobar@432:1/145 to Vk3jed on Mon Jul 27 23:13:40 2020
    Yeah, I was a bit out of town. During the day, I could receive mostly Melbourne stations, but at night, interstate stations would come in quite trong

    Usually...it would be stations about 100 miles away in Tulsa I would pick up
    or wanted to. Oklahoma City was/is still the same as Salt Lake City...300
    years in the past. Heard people say we can't time travel...but you head to
    some of these places in the Southern US...it's amazing some of these "people" can walk up right...much less talk.

    know any ham's or I would've got my ticket way before 2007.
    I got my ticket in 1989. :)

    For some reason...seem to remember that the lowest level here could be had years before without code. My ears suck & have a hard time hearing the difference between a dot/dash. That's why I didn't get my ticket until code
    was no longer a requirement.

    My coordination is a bit iffy, but I've managed to work around some issues. Still not great at most ball sports, so it's a matter of
    "shopping around". :)

    Being a loner all my life (being raised that way from 10 years old)...many things I enjoy are things you do alone.

    Yeah, who knows. We've got some similar issues in Melbourne, and one smartas woman tried to ignore the cops at a checkpoint. They did let
    her through, but used the cop's vest cam as evidence to get her details and slapped her with a hefty fine after the fact. Score one for the
    cops. :) Still sporadic parties and other stupid shit going on down there.

    Have found at least here in the Colonies that the ones who screw you over the worst are the 1st ones to beg to be cured...like if they had done the easy/smart thing in the 1st place...they may not have been in that situation.
    I wear a mask at work (required) & when shopping (required). On the other hand...riding a scooter...naturally practice social distancing. Even keep a decent mask still in the wrapper under my seat.

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  • From Phoobar@432:1/145 to Daryl Stout on Mon Jul 27 23:17:38 2020
    At a Verizon store in California, one female was so angered by being told she had to wear a mask, that she became belligerent...so, the staff called the cops. She was so angry, that she dropped her pants and
    panties, squatted, and proceeded to urinate on the floor/carpet. The
    cops got there, and she was arrested...then it was discovered she had several stolen items in her vehicle.

    Almost beats the idiot in Oklahoma City at the shoe store who started
    throwing boxes...but left her ID & such...so they found her.

    In terms of Verizon pisser...someone should have video'ed her fit & posted it to porn sites where it will never go away. It's the perfect gift for someone like this which keeps giving & giving.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to Vk3jed on Thu Jul 30 21:03:00 2020
    Tony,

    The thing is, I'm not much of a steak eater. There used to be
    a restaurant chain around here called "Steak Out". I loved their
    grilled sirloin tips.

    I do like a good steak, but after a week of nothing but steak for
    dinner (and all of it very good), while I was in the US, I was ready
    for something else. :)

    My late wife was a steak eater...yours truly, not so much. One time
    after one of her heart surgeries, when she awoke from the anesthesia,
    she saw a bowl of chicken broth in front of her. She growled "What is
    this garbage?? I want a steak!!" <G>.

    ... Famous last words: "Oh, don't be so paranoid!"

    What does this red button do?? <BOOM!!> <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to Phoobar on Thu Jul 30 21:04:00 2020
    Almost beats the idiot in Oklahoma City at the shoe store who started throwing boxes...but left her ID & such...so they found her.

    Or the guy who holds up the bank in his work uniform, and uses the
    back of a deposit slip as the stickup note.

    Or this guy in the middle of this small town, naked as a jaybird,
    and he's confronted by the local sheriff, demanding to know "what's
    the big idea??".

    The man replied "I met this good looking woman, and we got to know
    each other real well. We got naked, and she said 'Now, go to town!!';
    so, here I am". Blonde males do exist. <G>

    In terms of Verizon pisser...someone should have video'ed her fit &
    posted it to porn sites where it will never go away. It's the perfect
    gift for someone like this which keeps giving & giving.

    Really. It's also better to be p!$$ed off than p!$$ed on. A fellow
    ham radio operator, years ago, was running a traffic net. He was holding
    the microphone with one hand, and his infant son in the other. Well, his
    son was not happy that Daddy wasn't giving him his full attention, and
    he proceeded to urinate all down Daddy's arm (he had to have his wife
    and parents give some help <G>). He said "I'll bet no other net control operator has had that situation". <G>

    He is also a veteran, in the air force, and he's also a meteorologist.
    He has worked with Arkansas Skywarn, and has been Net Control for several
    of the weather nets...including the night that 190 mph EF-4 (nearly an
    EF-5) tornado blasted the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas.
    The latter had been hit by an EF-2 tornado not 3 years years earlier,
    almost to the day. He said "I do NOT want my spotters or anyone chasing
    this thing...it's a monster". Plus, it crossed Interstate 40 between
    Little Rock and Conway, and you can imagine what a mess that made. Also,
    it was getting dark (that's when most of the Arkansas tornadoes occur),
    and it was hard to see.

    I've known him for years, and he and I are great friends.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to Phoobar on Thu Jul 30 21:06:00 2020
    Usually...it would be stations about 100 miles away in Tulsa I would
    pick up or wanted to. Oklahoma City was/is still the same as Salt Lake City...300 years in the past. Heard people say we can't time
    travel...but you head to some of these places in the Southern US...it's amazing some of these "people" can walk up right...much less talk.

    Folks wonder why I'm different, as I don't talk like Arkansans. I
    tell them that's because I was born and raised in the Miami, Florida,
    area. My late father's job transferred the family here 43 years ago.

    For some reason...seem to remember that the lowest level here could be
    had years before without code. My ears suck & have a hard time hearing
    the difference between a dot/dash. That's why I didn't get my ticket
    until code was no longer a requirement.

    With the nervous system damage from 2 lightning strikes over the years,
    with a concussion between the 2 of them, I never could copy code, either.
    When the US came out with the No Code Technician license in 1991, that's
    when I got into amateur radio. After the Morse Code was removed in 2007,
    3 months after my wife died, I used HamTestOnline to go from Technician
    to General in 14 days, and from General to Amateur Extra 13 days later.
    It was the best money I ever spent in amateur radio.

    Being a loner all my life (being raised that way from 10 years
    old)...many things I enjoy are things you do alone.

    Being single and home alone, is where you can poop with the door
    open. <G>

    Have found at least here in the Colonies that the ones who screw you
    over the worst are the 1st ones to beg to be cured...like if they had
    done the easy/smart thing in the 1st place...they may not have been in that situation. I wear a mask at work (required) & when shopping (required). On the other hand...riding a scooter...naturally practice social distancing. Even keep a decent mask still in the wrapper under
    my seat.

    They are now talking about wearing goggles with masks. I guess the
    next thing will be to say that "you only pee and poop in your own
    toilet at home". That'll go over real well...making that incident in
    Calfornia, where the woman who was angered by being told she had to
    wear a mask in the Verizon store, that she dropped her pants and
    panties, squatted, and peed on the floor. The cops got there shortly
    after that, and arrested her...then it was discovered, she had several shoplifted/stolen items in her car.

    Daryl

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Phoobar on Fri Jul 31 18:57:00 2020
    On 07-27-20 23:13, Phoobar wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Usually...it would be stations about 100 miles away in Tulsa I would
    pick up or wanted to. Oklahoma City was/is still the same as Salt Lake

    100 miles is daytime propagation, especially for the 50kW public broadcasters. Night time would be at least 4 or 5 times that, from interstate 5kW commercial stations. :)

    City...300 years in the past. Heard people say we can't time
    travel...but you head to some of these places in the Southern US...it's amazing some of these "people" can walk up right...much less talk.

    Haha, sometimes see that from here. :)

    know any ham's or I would've got my ticket way before 2007.
    I got my ticket in 1989. :)

    For some reason...seem to remember that the lowest level here could be
    had years before without code. My ears suck & have a hard time hearing
    the difference between a dot/dash. That's why I didn't get my ticket
    until code was no longer a requirement.

    We actually had a quite high level no code licence since the 1950s, but operation was limited to 50 MHz and above. Given that the so-called "Limited" licence offered full privileges above 50 MHz, it was perfect for the serious VHF/UHF experimenter, EME operator and similar. The only difference between this licence and the full call (with HF) was the code test - the same theory and regulations tests were used.

    Being a loner all my life (being raised that way from 10 years
    old)...many things I enjoy are things you do alone.

    I did mych alone, became socially interested from my teens. That combination was one of the ham radio drivers, another was a love of radio technology.

    Have found at least here in the Colonies that the ones who screw you
    over the worst are the 1st ones to beg to be cured...like if they had
    done the easy/smart thing in the 1st place...they may not have been in that situation. I wear a mask at work (required) & when shopping (required). On the other hand...riding a scooter...naturally practice social distancing. Even keep a decent mask still in the wrapper under
    my seat.

    U think you'll find the same story everywhere. I have to wear a mask outside from Monday, but that's no biggie.


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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Daryl Stout on Fri Jul 31 19:00:00 2020
    On 07-30-20 21:03, Daryl Stout wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    My late wife was a steak eater...yours truly, not so much. One time after one of her heart surgeries, when she awoke from the anesthesia,
    she saw a bowl of chicken broth in front of her. She growled "What is
    this garbage?? I want a steak!!" <G>.

    As I said, I like a steak, but I also like variety, which seemed to be lacking when I was there, unless you looked around. I did end up at a nice Italian restaurant in Austin, TX to break the steak monotony. Turned out to be a great restaurant with excellent customer service. Needless to say, they got a good tip. :)

    ... Famous last words: "Oh, don't be so paranoid!"

    What does this red button do?? <BOOM!!> <G>

    That one too. ;)


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  • From Phoobar@432:1/145 to Vk3jed on Thu Jul 30 19:53:59 2020
    I do like a good steak, but after a week of nothing but steak for dinner (and all of it very good), while I was in the US, I was ready for something else. :)

    I know they have to have some decent cuts of meat down there. Some of my hamburger/beef is imported from down there. I could make a joke about a dingo
    & a baby...but doubt if anyone would get it other than you/me. ;D

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/101 to Vk3jed on Fri Jul 31 10:58:00 2020
    Tony,

    As I said, I like a steak, but I also like variety, which seemed to be lacking when I was there, unless you looked around. I did end up at a nice Italian restaurant in Austin, TX to break the steak monotony.
    Turned out to be a great restaurant with excellent customer service. Needless to say, they got a good tip. :)

    I haven't had Italian food in a long time...I've got a craving for
    it. But, the sauces tend to set my acid reflux off in spades.

    ... Famous last words: "Oh, don't be so paranoid!"

    What does this red button do?? <BOOM!!> <G>

    That one too. ;)

    Or like this one...

    Daryl

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Phoobar on Sat Aug 1 19:32:00 2020
    On 07-30-20 19:53, Phoobar wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    I know they have to have some decent cuts of meat down there. Some of

    Yeah, we do - beef, lamb, even kangaroo (I quite like it). :)

    my hamburger/beef is imported from down there. I could make a joke
    about a dingo & a baby...but doubt if anyone would get it other than you/me. ;D

    Haha indeed, that's going back a bit. I was only a kid when it happened. :) After decades, her conviction was overturned, and there have been other instances of dingos attempting to take babies since.


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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Daryl Stout on Sat Aug 1 19:34:00 2020
    On 07-31-20 10:58, Daryl Stout wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    I haven't had Italian food in a long time...I've got a craving for
    it. But, the sauces tend to set my acid reflux off in spades.

    Ate pasta tonight, actually. :)

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    Hahaha oops. :D


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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to Vk3jed on Sat Aug 8 17:30:00 2020
    Tony,

    I haven't had Italian food in a long time...I've got a craving for
    it. But, the sauces tend to set my acid reflux off in spades.

    Ate pasta tonight, actually. :)

    I had their garlic cheese sticks, with spaghetti and meatballs. But,
    the sauce was so spicy, I must've swigged a half dozen glasses of sweet
    tea. I took a prescription Prilosec when I got home.

    ... Stewardess Trainee: "Where does this door gooooooooooo??"

    Hahaha oops. :D

    Or like the meme with this guy outside the airplane window, with
    his parachute deploying, and him holding the sign "I WAS YOUR PILOT".


    Daryl

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Daryl Stout on Sun Aug 9 18:58:00 2020
    On 08-08-20 17:30, Daryl Stout wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    ... Stewardess Trainee: "Where does this door gooooooooooo??"

    Hahaha oops. :D

    Or like the meme with this guy outside the airplane window, with
    his parachute deploying, and him holding the sign "I WAS YOUR PILOT".

    Hmm, slight problem there. ;)


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  • From Phoobar@432:1/145 to Daryl Stout on Sat Aug 1 04:30:08 2020
    The man replied "I met this good looking woman, and we got to know
    each other real well. We got naked, and she said 'Now, go to town!!';
    so, here I am". Blonde males do exist. <G>

    Used to work with a guy this happened to. His buddy gave him a pass by saying you don't let your bud get into something like this. I wasn't so forgiving...especially since I would want to tell the twisted story in the future.

    he proceeded to urinate all down Daddy's arm (he had to have his wife
    and parents give some help <G>). He said "I'll bet no other net control operator has had that situation". <G>

    Remember seeing a baby pix of me on 620 film of being a fountain.

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  • From Phoobar@432:1/145 to Daryl Stout on Sat Aug 1 04:32:59 2020
    with a concussion between the 2 of them, I never could copy code, either. When the US came out with the No Code Technician license in 1991, that's when I got into amateur radio. After the Morse Code was removed in 2007,

    Didn't realize that the tech ticket could be had before 2007 without doing code. If so...would've gotten my ticket at that time. In terms of my general...did that the next month & the AE 4-5 years later when I got around
    to it.

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  • From Ray Quinn@432:1/108.23 to Vk3jed on Sat Aug 8 19:31:52 2020

    Hello Vk3jed!

    31 Jul 20 18:57, you wrote to Phoobar:

    On 07-27-20 23:13, Phoobar wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Usually...it would be stations about 100 miles away in Tulsa I
    would pick up or wanted to. Oklahoma City was/is still the same
    as Salt Lake

    100 miles is daytime propagation, especially for the 50kW public broadcasters. Night time would be at least 4 or 5 times that, from interstate 5kW commercial stations. :)

    I remember back in the 1970's when visiting my grandparents in nearby Tulare, CA listening to a show called "The Nightcap Show" on KSL from Salt Lake City, around 1000 miles. It was a late-night talk show that I usually fell asleep listening to. KSL was one of those "clear channel" stations at 1160 KC. I can also remember listening with my dad to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully broadcast LA Dodger baseball games on KFI AM 640 in nearby Farmersville around that same time. LA is around 180 miles. Then they began broadcasting the games on a station in the next county. When the power would drop at dusk and the signal would fade so much, I could actually hear the games better on the LA station.

    I remember listening to KFI into New Mexico and Utah when I was an over-the-road truck driver back in the 1990's. Ahhh... the "good ol' days" of radio. I remember listening to a game in Pennsylvania on a station from St. Louis, Missouri. However, I don't believe that the "clear channel" stations exist any more.


    know any ham's or I would've got my ticket way before 2007.
    I got my ticket in 1989. :)

    I got my no-code technician license in 1997. I upgraded to General the day after the code was removed for all license classes, I believe in 2007. So, technically, I was a Tecnician-Plus for about one day. For some reason, I couldn't wait to get on 10m and even had a Radio Shack 10m radio in the truck. I applied for a vanity call about a month later (Original - KF6KMY to W6RAY). I
    can't remember exactly when I upgraded to Amateur Extra, which I did mostly so
    I could help administer ALL tests and not just the Technician. In fact, I have
    yet to transmit on a frequency in the Extra only portion of any band. SHRUG.


    73 de Ray Quinn W6RAY
    Visalia, California USA



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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to Vk3jed on Mon Aug 10 13:37:00 2020
    Tony,

    ... Stewardess Trainee: "Where does this door gooooooooooo??"

    Hahaha oops. :D

    Or like the meme with this guy outside the airplane window, with
    his parachute deploying, and him holding the sign "I WAS YOUR PILOT".

    Hmm, slight problem there. ;)

    What was your first clue?? <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Ray Quinn on Wed Aug 12 17:39:00 2020
    On 08-08-20 19:31, Ray Quinn wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    I remember listening to KFI into New Mexico and Utah when I was an over-the-road truck driver back in the 1990's. Ahhh... the "good ol'
    days" of radio. I remember listening to a game in Pennsylvania on a station from St. Louis, Missouri. However, I don't believe that the
    "clear channel" stations exist any more.

    Yeah, maybe the ABC, being the public broadcaster had clear channel status. They certainly had better frequency allocations for distance and 10 times the power of the commercial stations.

    One station in Sydney I particularly liked was 2SM in Sydney, but unfortunately, 3AW in Melbourne was 600km closer and 9 kHz away, which made 2SM difficult to listen to.


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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Daryl Stout on Wed Aug 12 18:07:00 2020
    On 08-10-20 13:37, Daryl Stout wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Or like the meme with this guy outside the airplane window, with
    his parachute deploying, and him holding the sign "I WAS YOUR PILOT".

    Hmm, slight problem there. ;)

    What was your first clue?? <G>

    ;)


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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to Phoobar on Wed Aug 12 17:01:00 2020
    The man replied "I met this good looking woman, and we got to know
    each other real well. We got naked, and she said 'Now, go to town!!';
    so, here I am". Blonde males do exist. <G>

    Used to work with a guy this happened to. His buddy gave him a pass by saying you don't let your bud get into something like this. I wasn't so forgiving...especially since I would want to tell the twisted story in
    the future.

    Especially when one gets into their nether moods. <G>

    he proceeded to urinate all down Daddy's arm (he had to have his wife
    and parents give some help <G>). He said "I'll bet no other net control operator has had that situation". <G>

    Remember seeing a baby pix of me on 620 film of being a fountain.

    And, folks classify the pictures of their own baby having a bath, or
    walking around nude, as "porn". If that's the case, you have to classify
    all of this as porn as well:

    1) The original Copperton Suntan Products logo (it was young Jodi Foster,
    whose poodle pulled her pants down, exposing her "white butt", crack
    and all).

    2) The potty training manuals (why do you think the baby diaper business
    is so big??

    3) The medical books...nudity means nothing to them.

    4) Michelangelo's King David sculpture.

    To me, nudity should be in the home, medical facilities, or a nudist
    camp. Besides, in a nudist camp, you can tell "who the best man is". <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to Phoobar on Wed Aug 12 17:04:00 2020
    Didn't realize that the tech ticket could be had before 2007 without
    doing code. If so...would've gotten my ticket at that time. In terms of
    my general...did that the next month & the AE 4-5 years later when I
    got around to it.

    With nervous system damage from 2 lightning strikes and a concussion,
    I couldn't copy code. I did try a 5 wpm exam, but failed it. Had I filled
    in the blanks, I would've passed it, but it's a moot point now.

    The funniest story I heard, though (I likely have noted this elsewhere before), was where 4 ol' boys were sitting at a restaurant table in
    Annapolis, Maryland...telling each other dirty jokes in Morse Code (CW).

    This drop dead, gorgeous, curvaceous female, walked up to them, and
    sternly admonished the group..."You need to watch your language. I teach
    CW at the Naval Academy across the street", and walked out!!

    They were as red as tomatoes!! <BG>

    Daryl

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  • From Ray Quinn@432:1/108.23 to Vk3jed on Fri Aug 21 14:36:26 2020

    Hello Vk3jed!

    12 Aug 20 17:39, you wrote to me:

    On 08-08-20 19:31, Ray Quinn wrote to Vk3jed <=-


    Yeah, maybe the ABC, being the public broadcaster had clear channel status. They certainly had better frequency allocations for distance
    and 10 times the power of the commercial stations.

    I remember listening to the Olympics a few years ago on ABC in the 40 meter band while camping in Kings Canyon National Park, near Sequoia NP), but I believe they have ceased broadcasting on the 40m band as I no longer pick them up. I was only able to hear ABC in the morning on the West Coast of the US. I still try to find broadcasts on the HF bands, but it is mostly religious stations (which the local stations broadcast the same programs), or Chinese, or
    basically other languages besides the only one I can understand and speak.

    Living in the San Joaquin Valley most of my life (1 1/2 years along the coast near Pismo Beach driving a transit bus), there is quite a lot of hispanic farm workers that speak Spanish, but I never learned it.

    One station in Sydney I particularly liked was 2SM in Sydney, but unfortunately, 3AW in Melbourne was 600km closer and 9 kHz away, which made 2SM difficult to listen to.

    Here in the US, stations start with W or K, just like Amateur calls. For the most part, stations beginning with W (WGN Chicago, WSM Nashville) east of the Mississippi River while stations West of the river begin with K. There are some
    exceptions,. I know of one station in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania starts with a K.
    The local former clear channel is on 580 kc (kHz) AM with the call of KMJ - since 1920. KMJ wanted to increase its power from 5,000 watts to 50,000 but the
    FCC told them they had to move the transmitter closer to the Sierra Nevada so their increased power wouldn't interfere with a station in Boise, Idaho.

    I wish I had made kept some of the recordings (cassette tape) I made of some of
    the old radio stations and programs. There used to be a mystery theatre on the
    radio every night of the week, including on KMJ, that I listened to every night. We didn't have a television in the house from the time I was 4 until I bought my own at age 18. Now I watch TV and listen to the radio on my computer,
    phone, or tablet.

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    Just like here - you can hear the dozers coming for 20 minutes before they get here where I am "staged". I am sitting with two other dozer "transports" on the
    Hills Fire near Coalinga, California. The air quality is Unhealthy and I can't
    see more than maybe 1 mile due to smoke. The valley is a big bowl and bad air gets trapped here easily..


    Sorry for the rambling message. I currently have so much free time during the day "working" on these fires.

    Ray


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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Ray Quinn on Mon Aug 24 19:40:00 2020
    On 08-21-20 14:36, Ray Quinn wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    I remember listening to the Olympics a few years ago on ABC in the 40 meter band while camping in Kings Canyon National Park, near Sequoia

    Are you talking about Radio Australia, which was the national international shortwave broadcasting arm?

    NP), but I believe they have ceased broadcasting on the 40m band as I
    no longer pick them up. I was only able to hear ABC in the morning on

    If you're talking about Radio Australia, yes, they shut down a few years ago, which I consider to be very short sighted. I personally believe shortwave broadcasting is still relevant for a whole host of reasons. :(

    One station in Sydney I particularly liked was 2SM in Sydney, but unfortunately, 3AW in Melbourne was 600km closer and 9 kHz away, which made 2SM difficult to listen to.

    Here in the US, stations start with W or K, just like Amateur calls.
    For the most part, stations beginning with W (WGN Chicago, WSM
    Nashville) east of the Mississippi River while stations West of the
    river begin with K. There are some

    Domestic broadcast stations traditionally had callsigns starting with the state number, then 2 letters for AM and 3 letters for FM stations. Today, you rarely hear station callsigns on air, they use a more marketing oriented name.

    Just like here - you can hear the dozers coming for 20 minutes before
    they get here where I am "staged". I am sitting with two other dozer "transports" on the
    Hills Fire near Coalinga, California. The air quality is Unhealthy and
    I can't
    see more than maybe 1 mile due to smoke. The valley is a big bowl and
    bad air gets trapped here easily..

    Yeah, the fires look nasty over there. I see California has asked for help from this part of the world.


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  • From Ray Quinn@432:1/108.23 to Vk3jed on Tue Aug 25 16:06:22 2020

    Hello Vk3jed!

    24 Aug 20 19:40, you wrote to me:

    If you're talking about Radio Australia, yes, they shut down a few
    years ago, which I consider to be very short sighted. I personally believe shortwave broadcasting is still relevant for a whole host of reasons. :(

    That was likely it. I agree. All it takes is for the local infrastructure (fire, flood, earthquake, etc., to destroy the cell towers and other means of communication where short wave radio can travel at almost whatever distance you
    need. The Voice of America had a station just south of the county line near Delano, CA but it, too, has ceased operations. It has one heck of an antenna farm, though.

    Domestic broadcast stations traditionally had callsigns starting with
    the state number, then 2 letters for AM and 3 letters for FM stations. Today, you rarely hear station callsigns on air, they use a more
    marketing oriented name.

    In the US, stations must announce their call letters every thirty minutes, where TV stations can place it on the image. They also use "marketing oriented names" as well, but usually more frequently than 30 minutes.

    Just like here - you can hear the dozers coming for 20 minutes
    before they get here where I am "staged". I am sitting with two
    other dozer "transports" on the
    Hills Fire near Coalinga, California. The air quality is
    Unhealthy and I can't
    see more than maybe 1 mile due to smoke. The valley is a big
    bowl and bad air gets trapped here easily..

    Yeah, the fires look nasty over there. I see California has asked for help from this part of the world.

    I have moved on to the next one south of San Francisco a bit on what they call the CZU Lightning Complex - Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit (CZU) where the weather is much cooler, around 70-75F degrees in the daytime and upper 50's at night. Right now, the wind is blowing a bit and while I am wearing a sweat shirt, I need to roll up the window as it is a bit chilly. I'm only a few miles
    from the Pacific Ocean...


    Ray
    Pescadero, CA

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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Ray Quinn on Fri Aug 28 20:57:00 2020
    On 08-25-20 16:06, Ray Quinn wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    That was likely it. I agree. All it takes is for the local
    infrastructure (fire, flood, earthquake, etc., to destroy the cell
    towers and other means of communication where short wave radio can
    travel at almost whatever distance you
    need. The Voice of America had a station just south of the county line near Delano, CA but it, too, has ceased operations. It has one heck of
    an antenna farm, though.

    Yes, as was the Radio Australia site near Shepparton, Victoria. There was recently a ham activation from that site.

    In the US, stations must announce their call letters every thirty
    minutes, where TV stations can place it on the image. They also use "marketing oriented names" as well, but usually more frequently than 30 minutes.

    We don't hear callsigns any more, it's all just marketing, though some stations do have marketing calls similar to their actual call, like MMM being the on air name of 3MMM.

    I have moved on to the next one south of San Francisco a bit on what
    they call the CZU Lightning Complex - Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz
    Unit (CZU) where the weather is much cooler, around 70-75F degrees in
    the daytime and upper 50's at night. Right now, the wind is blowing a
    bit and while I am wearing a sweat shirt, I need to roll up the window
    as it is a bit chilly. I'm only a few miles
    from the Pacific Ocean...

    Yeah I've had some very cold nights working fires on night shift. It can be strange that way. :)


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  • From Vk3jed@432:1/101 to Phoobar on Wed May 12 19:16:00 2021
    On 08-10-20 20:30, Phoobar wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    You knew this one was coming. How is 'roo? Please don't mention the American answer that it tastes like chicken. ;)

    LOL it actually has a rich flavour.

    WOW! I take it that other dingos won't have sex with their own...so
    they have to steal other babies to call their own?!? ;D Quite a few
    years removed from Ralf Harris. ;)

    There's a mixture of history there. :)


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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to Sbaitso on Wed Aug 4 07:04:00 2021
    I wasn't aware of ThumbDV, I will have to take a look at it. It's so
    much cheaper than a full rig, but it is still amazing how much it runs when you think about what you're actually buying.

    Most ham radio operators are what I call "frugal cheapskates". Ironically, I've seen them lay out a $100 bill or two at a big hamfest to buy a "brick"
    of 250 prize tickets. Of course, if you win the grand prize, you got more
    than your investment back, by selling the rig. But, it makes those like
    myself who spend only $20, at a disadvantage. Yet, it only takes one ticket
    to win...and it's the luck of the draw. Or, they'll go out and spend big
    bucks for a ham radio rig...and won't bat an eye.

    Yet, they are screaming about the soon coming $35 fee for amateur radio operators in the US and its territories, to get a new, renewed, or upgraded license...or change their callsign (sequential or vanity). I heard one country's ham radio license fee is $500 for its term. I don't recall the country, but if that's true, $35 is a bargin. Yet, I've heard many swearing
    up and down that they will quit the hobby when their license expires.

    As of August 3, 2021...it has not shown up in the Federal Register...and
    it will have to be there at least 30 days before it takes effect. I'll bet there'll be a lot of applications for callsign changes or licenses (new or upgraded) before then. One can't renew until from 90 days before, to 2 years after expiration.

    I took a look and they do put out a podcast version. It's on my "to listen to"
    list. It's a long list so I'm not sure when I will get there.

    So many things are on podcasts now...and there are phone apps for it.

    You're not the only one -- Welcome to the Decrepit Old F@r+$ Net (hi hi).

    Well THAT'S depressing!!! ;)

    Especially since I'm now a heart patient. I had to be ambulatory to a
    local hospital July 29, and was hospitalized until August 1. I was diagnosed with atrial flutter...the heart rate was 155. Two injections of medicine in
    the IV didn't work, so they put me on a cardio drip. I now take a blood
    thinner twice a day, and this other pill to stabilize the heart rate and
    the blood pressure. I see my cardiologist this afternoon, and pacemaker
    surgery may be needed. I just hope I don't have to give up using things
    like the microwave oven, computer, and cellphones...let alone driving.
    But, if these come to fruition, I have to sell the car, and that will
    also cut me off from the outside world, and out of my hobbies.

    At least the cost of BBSing went down over the years. I can still discover new places and people without a bunch of gear.

    Especially in relation to hardware and software. But, at times, the commercialware can be pretty steep. However, if you can get a license
    for more than one computer for the same key, that makes it more palatable.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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